Sula is Toni Morrison’s second novel, first published in 1973. The book received high critical praise for its cast of unforgettable characters and its fine literary craftsmanship, a staple of every one of Morrison’s novels. Morrison’s many distinctive characters coalesce around the central relationship between two headstrong heroines in a small black town in Ohio. Nel Wright chooses to remain rooted to her community, while her childhood friend Sula Peace heads off for adventure beyond her rural upbringing. Years later Sula returns to her hometown as a reinvented self. The two women find themselves in a heated rivalry over how their different choices have shaped their lives. A rich and rewarding novel with prose so fluid and clear it defines the measure of excellence, Sula examines the diverging paths of two black women as they struggle to renew a friendship broken apart by the modern world.

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